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EDITORIAL CORRESPONDENCE. the Editor does not hold himself responsible for the sentiments expressed by uis correspondents. To tlte Editor of the Merthyr Telegraph. BEDWELLTY UNION AND THE OVER- SEERS OF ABERYSTRUTH. To the Editor of the Merthyr Telegraph. Sir,—I have to request you will be kind enough to insert in your next number, in reference to the ease of the Bedwelity Union v. the overseers of Abcrystrnth, that in giving a report of the pro- ceedings of the magistrates at the Petty Sessions held at the Blaina Inn, on the 13th ult., I had been misinformed as to the costs. The summonses were simply withdrawn at the request of the Board of Guardians, and the question of costs was left to the decision of Mr. Levick, who had heard the case at the Tredegar Petty Sessions, when it was adjourned to Blaina. Yours respectfully, THOXIAS MORGAN, Blaina, July 30th, 1860. Assistant Overseer. THE LATE PEACE MEETING AT THE TEMPERANCE HALL. To the Editor of the Merthyr Telegraph. SIB ,—I will feel greatly obliged if you will find room in your valuable publication for the follow- ing remarks. Having attended the peace meeting at the Temperance Hall, to hear Mr. O'Neill, the elo qnent advocate of the principles of the Peace Society, I must confess that I felt both disgusted and hurt to bstou to the foolish and vulgar re- marks made by one of the Welsh ministers, on '}" As it was evident that he knew nothing of the subject, it were far wiser had he not made a disgraceful exhibition of himself, in the presence of a large audience, and a highly educated stranger, who must have left the hali with a very incorrect estimate of the intellectual staius of our Welsh D'ssenting ministers, did he regard the speaker refeired fO as a pattern. I expected something better from a man in his po. sition of life, and it was a pity (though it oftens occurs so) that the effect of an able and argumen- tative address should be greatly modified, and in some cases, no dcubt, quite neutralized, by the rem arks of a subsequent indiscreet speaker. I hope this, impression on my mind, given in a friendly spirit, will be the meanb of making par- ti:" more cvl-ious in future, for such com't- not Ciiiy injures tbeir own reputation, but what is of greater public importance, irjnres frequently the csuse whicu it is intoned to advocate. I repeat thai- I write th)-- infine^ced by no hostile feclbg to the speaker, for whom I have always entertained a hi^h regard. Iudeeu, 1 regret exceedingly that his usual good sense did not induce him on this occasion to remain, a listener, rather than speaker. Yours, truly, A DissEirTBii, &e. LETTER FROM PARIS To the Editor of th° Merthyr Tclegr ceph. Dear Sir,-Yes, the politeness of the French people is so great, that they suppose all the readers of newspapers are quite up to the fact of reading French, for they take good care not to expose an English newspaper. However, in the great French newspapers, you may read very small extracts from The Times (because it has, for the last few weeks at all events, been saying much in favour of French policy in the Syria business), and from f-h- Morning Post, (because tbst has weakly &ough opposed it.) However the Syria business seems, much to the satisfaction of the French newspapers, (which are fuil of noth- ing but it) a fact accomplished, as far as Russia, England, and France are concerned. But as La Patrie took upon itself to say to-day (now La Patrie is one of the great papers; and bless you it is not much larger than half the MERTHYR TELEGRAPH), "Why does not Austria assist?" Why, because it cannot. "And why not Prus- sia?" Why, because it is always slow and selfish. That's all La Patrie said about these powers; but it said bomething, and has all along been saying something to this effect:—"The Premier of England has spoken in Parliament about how much he desires friendship with the French, but at the same time says he sees not why an increase of armaments and forts on the English coast should lessen this." He says, moreover (while referring to the Damascus expe- dition), that France seems destined to be great by land, and England great by sea. We have no objection to the greatness allowed us by the Premier of England, but do not see why it should only be allowed us, as by land. We have no objection either certainly to the silly fears fos- tered by Whig and Tory Government, in its turn, about England's defenceless condition, since we are not hurt, and it is poor John Bull himself who has to pay," &c. Well, Sir, after laughing a good deal at our "siliy fears," forsooth (the papers forget for a moment to be polite, do they not?) La Patrie, with excellent bad logic, goes on to say some- thing like the followingNow this fortifying of England is like a menace. Look at her Gib. raltar! and behold her from Cherbourg and the neighbouring coast We can even see them lifting the blocks of granite into their places And this reminds us how defenceless we are all the way from Brest to Dunkirk, and occa- sions us to say that we are in possession of the specifications of a x^ian for a large coast canal and defences, which will serve the double pur- pose of increasing our means of of goods, &c., aud also of concentrating our forces and guarding our sea-girt coast, and which will cost almost nothing, and which we earnestly recommend to the consideration of the Emperor, who is ever watchful for the welfare of his c/utotry." And eo on. That's not very bad after laughing at our works, is it? (By the bye, I have never seen, except when they drer. pic'ores of the French singers carrying ♦be rill men about the gardens of Sydenham, any mention of these as part of England's de. renee-s) And speaking of politeness and the French Emperor, you cannot think how univer- sally it is shewn, to him. I have never, but once iiOwevcr. h»srd anything uu polite said of hiin, and I wilt fell y<vj Low it happened to be said of him that once, 1 had gene into a small cafe (h* nmong such a polite people as the French you need not be so select as among the Knflrsh), whe?e, as is quite custoiravy here, they sold corjniac, bt-er, wine, and cigars, ng well as cO'Tce, and 'hero tbeiv \Ç:HI good c-rovvd of men, workmen end otaers, aid Oere and there J wh'j -n one or c- her v'~ thorn Ou« Li i., in an the v> av .«r eet. just as some of the grand .1 L :inci public works of Parih were bein« discussed ia connexion witft tho lOmperor's name, • The Fiao!rc. srod one, "Ib not like the Em- peior." And why not s^d I, close at. h'fi eibo" Oh," ?aid hi^, wb'e, v. tin the quiekitecs natural to a woman, (:: r "he no 'reived 1 "as a stranger), My husbiwA likss him as iittle as 1 tiC" "Ålld why <h. you fui him J:*aGame P" ''Ob, be- can.-<e k-i f-sc. ,\nd he is rather a no, as troll ar? x-a'hor shon; meii!; ana bo, thv/ugh it v>as unpOiile ol Madam the ?voikraun'8 wt'o, U » this ot d:d swii in som? mp?\Kur<> 'r^i. Anu no more, ue-vr cK at present ubor.t the the run rule, logic, jr oi our French T'fc:jbboV'?. From yonr servmt, SoUVKJS'lB. P.S." There n. in T,a Pairic about the^TLa'neror's letter <> *x\e .irabussador in. Kng- Jand, hut it is fcnt a -dice of the fret, uau .he j., not yc^pihitod. hi, JLCCU de l'Echiquicr, Aug. I, 1860.